A crowd of people on top of a wall with a gate of stone columns behind them.

Fall of the Berlin Wall

Dr Rolf Schmidt on witnessing history unfold.

An apprehensive young woman is about to eat a mouthful of food.

Fusion, feminism and food

Flavours that flipped Australian kitchens.

Doll's house interior 21 room fully furnished doll' house representing a typical English country house of the Georgian period that would have been built around 1740, but is now shown with some interiors that have been remodelled to the taste of the 'owners' up to about 1860.

Discover Documentary: Pendle Hall

Join Michael Reason, Curator of History and Technology as he takes us on a tour of a piece of prime real estate in miniature, Pendle Hall.

Conservation at Museums Victoria.

Discover Documentary: Conservation

From wedding dresses to meteorites, our Conservation team protect and preserve over 17 million objects in Museums Victoria's collection. This episode of Discover takes a look at how they do it!

Cable Tram

Marvellous Melbourne

By world standards, Melbourne is a young city but it has layers of history. Discover how each era shaped the city we see today.

Black and white family portrait

Immigrant Stories

Each immigrant has their own unique story to tell. This website explores why they came, where they settled and how they started a new life in Victoria.


Journeys to Australia

Immigration is a vital feature of Australia's history and national identity. Celebrate the journeys that changed Australia forever.

Mansard towers from Douglas Parade, Spotswood Pumping Station, circa 1982.

Pumping Station

The fascinating story of one of Australia's most important industrial heritage sites.

Men Posing With Gold Trophy Outside the Long Tunnel Mine, Walhalla, Victoria, circa 1875.

Immigration to Victoria

A decade by decade overview highlighting policy and social developments, shifts in population and demographics, and immigration's impact upon Indigenous Australians.

Immigration Museum from Flinders Street in afternoon

Customs House

Home of the Immigration Museum, and one of Melbourne's most important 19th century public buildings.

Trees in Toolangi State Forest

Forest Secrets

The forested mountains which embrace the city of Melbourne are the setting for giant trees, dramatic geological events, human stories of tragedy and triumph, evolution of unique organisms and regular occurrence of bushfires.

Exhibition entry with visitors looking at language map
Visit Bunjilaka

First Peoples

The First Peoples exhibition is a shared endeavour of Museums Victoria and the Victorian Aboriginal community. The First Peoples Yulendj Group of Elders and community representatives have brought their knowledge, stories, culture, objects and images to guide the exhibition's development.

Group of four men looking into a box with a carving in it.

Baradine Repatriation of Carved Tree (Dendroglyph)

Carved burial tree returned to traditional owners.

People wearing high vis working on a beach

The 700

More than 700 individuals whose combined efforts, starting in 1984, have brought to light fossils in what has been dubbed by one of them “The Dinosaur Dreaming Project”.

Group of women holding a protest banner

History starts today

A new collection of banners from the 2017 Women's March on Melbourne has important historical links.

The tower which formed the centre of an octagonal glasshouse in The System Garden.

Our first Director's vision for a University Botanical Garden

How Melbourne University's System Garden came to be.

Professor Deirdre Coleman, Nik McGrath and Simon Hinkley in the ABC Radio Melbourne Studio, 19 November 2019.

On the wing

Professor Deirdre Coleman, Nik McGrath and Simon Hinkley join Richelle Hunt in the ABC Radio Melbourne Studio.

Sepia portrait of a young man

The sting of the final letter

Transcribing George Lyell's final documents.

Woman standing in front of a chicken coop, holding two chickens in her arms as other chickens graze on the ground

Invisible Farmer

The largest ever study of Australian women on the land is revealing the hidden stories of women farmers.

Two people in a museum collection store looking at clothing

Fashion Redux at Melbourne Museum

Major fashion names used the Museums State Collection, in collaboration with Melbourne Fashion Festival, to create a completely unique look.

Football jumper - Nicky Winmar, St Kilda, 1993
Museums Victoria Collections

Football jumper - Nicky Winmar, St Kilda, 1993

St Kilda Football Club jumper worn by Nicky Winmar during his celebrated stand against racism in sport in 1993.

Melbourne's Biggest Family Album collection
Museums Victoria Collections

Melbourne's Biggest Family Album collection

In 2006 over 1000 favourite photographs of Melbourne were collected from Melburnians' private albums.

Brass instrument in glazed wooden case.
Museums Victoria Collections

Melbourne Observatory collection

Over 400 objects and images relating to the operation of Melbourne Observatory from 1863 to 1944.

External site


What are your origins? Where have Victorians come from? Why did they come? This website presents government census information on Victorian communities from 85 countries of origin.

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